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Rag Radio 2011-05-06 -- Texas Civil Rights Pioneer Dr. Leon McNealy

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Rag Radio 2011-05-06 -- Texas Civil Rights Pioneer Dr. Leon McNealy


Published May 6, 2011


Dr. Leon McNealy is a radiation oncologist now living in Marshfield, Wisconsin. While still in high school in Houston, McNealy, who is African-American, began his involvement in the civil rights movement. In the late 1950's, while attending the University of Texas, he helped organize sit-in demonstrations at downtown Austin lunch counters. McNealy and Chet Helms -- who later gained fame as a music promoter -- started a petition against the UT fraternities' annual Blackface Minstrel Shows. He helped start a city-wide black student organization and was a primary organizer of the "stand-ins" and other direct action against segregation in Austin in the early 1960's. (Veterans of the "stand-ins" gathered at Scholz Garten in Austin on Dec. 23, 2010, for a 50-year reunion.) McNealy is highly entertaining and a fount of rich and little-known history.
Producer and Host: Thorne Dreyer; Engineer and Co-Producer: Tracey Schulz


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